The Appraiser

Margaret Nelson-Quin, SRA

Margaret Nelson-Quin, SRA, is the appraiser you want at an appraisal inspection. She worked in the personal services industry from 1980 to 1994 and knows the value of presentation and good communication when she is out in the field. A career path change in 1994 took her into the technology industry, where she thrived on learning about and interfacing with the most current technologies. In 1999, a move to the northern coast of California necessitated another career change, and Margaret’s service and technology background led her to begin her real estate appraisal career.

She began working for a local real estate broker in marketing and sales and eventually found her current niche in real estate appraisal. Margaret thoroughly enjoys interfacing with her clients and their borrowers while at the same time being able to use the latest technologies to research and deliver her appraisals.

Margaret recently achieved her Certified General Appraisal License in Oregon and California. Her 18 years in the residential real estate appraisal field make her uniquely qualified to conduct valuations of commercial properties with residential components. Margaret has always been drawn to more complex appraisal problems and properties such as farms and ranches, mixed use commercial/residential, and those operated as full-time vacation rentals. These are just a few of the property types that require her commercial and residential appraisal expertise.

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SRA is a designation conferred by the Appraisal Institute, an international membership association of professional real estate appraisers with more than 16,000 members throughout the United States, Canada, and abroad. Its mission is to support and advance its members as the preferred choice for real estate appraisal solutions while upholding professional credentials, standards of professional practice, and ethics consistent with the public good. The Institute’s most prestigious designation for its members who practice primarily residential appraisal, SRA is held by real estate appraisal solutions providers who are experienced in the analysis and valuation of residential real property.

SRA designates must meet the following requirements:

  • Education: Receive a passing grade on six examinations that reflect 181 hours of classroom instruction and test the appraiser’s knowledge of appraisal principles, residential valuation techniques, report writing, and standards of professional practice.
  • Degree: Hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited educational institution (or satisfy a specified alternative).
  • Experience: Receive credit for 4,000 hours of experience, including 2,000 hours of residential appraisal experience, all of which must meet strict criteria.
  • Demonstration Report: Receive credit for a demonstration appraisal report relating to a residential property that demonstrates the ability to present a properly supported value estimate or opinion evaluating the nature; quality; or utility of a parcel of real estate or any interest in, or aspect of, real property (or fulfill an approved comparable alternative).

Because of the Institute’s rigorous requirements and commitment to providing valuable information, continuing education, and other valuable resources to its members, you can be confident an appraiser with an SRA designation will provide you with the very highest-quality residential appraisal service.

See the Appraisal Institute website for more details.

“I just wanted to thank you for such a professional and thorough inspection when visiting our property for the appraisal.… Your experience with rural properties gave you the insight into how valuable our 1876 water rights are and the extensive irrigation system running through our property. In the Applegate, water rights are gold.… Thanks again for such a thorough inspection of our property.”
—Farm & ranch client
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